To make informed judgments about where to make investments in their education and training, people need indicators on how the demand for qualifications is likely to develop in the future.
Low education attainment tends to diminish a person’s chances of being in employment.
Increasing the share of 30-34 year-olds with tertiary level education attainment is one of the specific objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy.
Reducing the EU average share of early leavers from education and training to below 10% of young people (18-24 year-olds) is one of the specific objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy.
Public expenditure on initial vocational education and training (IVET) provides an indication of the scale of investments in IVET made by the State.
Participation in education and training is particularly important to maintain or increase the employability of jobless adults.
Data on early school leaving and rates of young people not in employment education or training illustrate the difficulties young people face in today’s world, as well as the economic and social consequences of their being cut off from the labour market and education. They also underline the importance of keeping young people in education and training.
In 2011, around 55% of early leavers from education and training were jobless (up by nine percentage points compared to 2008).
In the EU, more than one in four young people from a migrant background leave education and training too early.
2009 data confirm a decreasing trend in early school leaving, but achieving the EU target is still a challenge.